My first step towards EBC training

I have this dream of trekking till mount Everest Base camp. Yeah I know people dream about summiting and I only intend to go till Base camp of about  17,500 ft height above sea level. But that even isn’t easy task at all. of course Everest is a lifetime dream but  I’m only focusing on basecamp


May be I want to train my body for 2 yrs for that. I have interacted with few mountain climbers and they have helped many a novice like me to plan.  and this is how I plan

  • Keep your body Hydrated

Your body need to be hydrated most of the time . so Im just increasing the intake of water each day . high altitude can have adverse effect on your body and can cause altitude sickness. I plan to drink different fruit juices everyday . at least  2 glasses each day

  • Exercise

Physical fitness plays  a vital role in climbing at such heights where oxygen level is so low.

As im used to long distance walking , I will have to do some running too to increase my stamina

Monday Running for 30 mins
Tuesday Exercise like warm ups
Wednesday Cycling for 30 mins
Thursday Running + exercise for 60 mins.
Friday Cycling for 30 mins
Saturday Walking 30 mins + pranayama
Sunday Relax.Just Dumbles
  • I need to hit the gym also.Naaah!! you got it wrong. aim is to be fit rather than body building. BTW we have no elevators day every Friday in our office. we are not supposed to use lifts. I follow it strongly .. 🙂
  • I need to  buy all the necessary equipment’s like pair of trekking boots, jacket, water carrier, sun hat as sun can be powerful many a times . I will be making a list of them soon .btw you can get all these in Namche bazar which is last stop where you can get all the accessories before Everest but as a traveler you might have to shell out more money if you do not know the art of bargaining .
  • I have even been into road trip and trekking to near by smaller hills, I’m planning to spend few more weekends with BMC(Bangalore Mountaineering Club) where I can get more experience in trekking mountains and valleys . there is another one called Base camp adventures which take you to more advance mountains like Kilimanjaro also.. but that I would plan after I feel im more fit for that .
  • I used to run Marathons in my previous company(Spirit of Wipro run) with minimal exercise or most of the time without training..but this requires a 10 time greater amount of training.
  • I know this is not at all sufficient. Human body is not designed to work well on high altitudes but this is my first baby step. this plan may change every month .Amidst the daily corporate 10-6 job , finding a work-life balance has become a adventure in itself for many .. but as a travel enthusiast this could be a different experience altogether

all these are about physical fitness . I will write more on mental fitness in y coming posts




a salute to the real fighter

I waswatching news channel and i found one of the best interviews being telecast-ed .it was an interview with Arunima Sinha . you might wonder who she is . she is the woman who  climbed mount Everest . we might think she is definitely not the first one . yes . but rest were not amputee. (i don’t want to say this ) she lost her leg few years back . and she was so shattered initially . but her strong desire to live her dreams made her reach this height.

she was pushed from the running train. i was shocked hearing this . but the courage and the resilience she had was mind blowing .

she had to do mountaineering where temperature drops to -60 , you start loosing touch with the reality , you cannot drag yourself up and its hard to breathe. imagine the situation she was in.climbing and reaching the summit was a personal challenge too for her.

the worst part was she saw people dying . and nothing could be done so save , you just have to sit down with them in their last minute and hear what they have to say . its horrible and terrifying experience. her oxygen supply was also less but she was determined . she also says decision making was very important skill she learnt because the situation and the weather condition lets you in human moral dilemmas often .

a big salute to her . the way she believed in self when no one did and proved herself was incredible . i feel proud that she is also from INDIA.

recently her autobiography is released its called “born again on mountains” i will definitely read it . and i suggest this to all my fellow bloggers too.